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On January 31st the first of the 
Awareness/ Education meetings 

concerning the plans of a financial 
campaign for the future of the mission 
and ministry of the Southeast 
Conference was held with First 
Congregational Christian UCC, 
Birmingham, AL serving as host. 21 
leaders and pastors were present. From 
Montgomery we welcomed Unity UCC 
and Community Congregational 
UCC. Present from Birmingham were 
Beloved UCC, and Pilgrim 
Congregational UCC. United Church UCC, Huntsville was represented, as 
was Pleasant Hill Community UCC. A Power Point was shown and considerable 
discussion followed as to the focus and purpose of the campaign. The feedback received 
was significant in helping us continue to shape the case for support. Leaders of the 
event included Barbara Everett, a member of Pleasant Hill Community UCC, TN, 
and Vanessa Robbs, Moderator of the Conference, and member of Pilgrim 
Congregational UCC, Chattanooga. From the Conference staff Tim Downs and 
Cameron Trimble were present. Representing the Board of Directors were Dorinda 
Broadnax of Community Congregational UCC, and Debora Murray of Unity 
UCC, both in Montgomery. 

The Southeast Conference continues its exploration of the feasibility of a 
campaign to support the mission and ministry of the Conference in an 

additional four Awareness/ Education Meetings Those meetings have been scheduled on 
Saturdays at beginning at n:ooA as follows: 

• February 28, 2009 Holy Trinity Community UCC, Nashville 

• March 14, 2009 Central Congregational UCC, Atlanta 

• March 28, 2009 Pilgrim Congregational UCC, Chattanooga 

• April 18, 2009 Midway Congregational UCC, Midway, GA 

Following a presentation and discussion, there will be a lunch served. All ministers and 
leaders of the Conference are encouraged to attend one of these meetings. Please contact 
Gerri at ghudson@secucc.org to make reservations for a meeting of your choosing if 
you have not already. There will be no solicitation! We will continue to evaluate the 
feedback we have received and prepare to bring a recommendation to the floor of the 
Annual Meeting of the Conference concerning a financial campaign for the future of the 
mission and ministry of the Southeast Conference. 

The 2009 Annual Meeting of the Southeast Conference UCC will be held in 
the Atlanta area June 11-13. Our theme will be "Transforming Churches 
Transforming Lives", with a variety of workshops designed to equip 
churches for vitality in their ministries. We are pleased to announce that we 
will be hosted by Sandy Springs Christian Church, in the near Northern tier 
of Atlanta. Sandy Springs Christian Church is a member of the Christian 
Church (Disciples of Christ) an ecumenical partner of the UCC. We hope to 
celebrate this relationship as a part of the meeting. UCC congregations of the 
Atlanta area will be called on to host the meeting. Please circle the dates in your 
calendar, and look for details as the plans develop. We know that we will be welcoming 
as a keynoter Steve Sterner, the Acting Executive Minister of Local Church 
Ministries of the UCC, and a member of Central Congregational UCC, Atlanta. 
Other keynoters will be announced once confirmed. 

The Annual Meeting of the Georgia-South Carolina Association will be held on 

Saturday, April 4th, and hosted by one of our newest churches, Garden of Grace 
UCC, Columbia, SC (www.gogucc.com). The theme of our keynoter, Associate 
Conference Minister Kathy Clark will be "Ministry— for Such a Time as This". The 
meeting will start at 9:ooA and end at i:30P. Breakfast and lunch will be served. The 




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Association will also conduct an Ecclesiastical Council for Ben Rose, a candidate 
for ordination, a member of Central Congregational UCC, and hospice chaplain . 
Registration and details have been mailed to all the churches, and are available on line at 
www.secucc.org, at the upper right of the home page. 

The Alabama -Tennessee Association announces its Annual Meeting to be held 
April 24-25, also hosted by one of our newest congregations, Holy Trinity Community 
Church, UCC, in Nashville. The event will begin on Friday evening at 4:ooP and 
conclude with lunch on Saturday. The theme? Ministry— For Such a Time as This"! 
The keynoter for the occasion is Marti Baumer, recently retired from the faculty of 
Eden Theological Seminary; Marti has been working closely on the Ministry Issues 
Pronouncement Implementation. Worship will be led by Holy Trinity Drama Team. 
Registration and information have been sent to all congregations, and is also available on 
line. You can register and pay on line by going to www.secucc.org, and you will find 
the information at the top right of the home page. 

Summary of January 24th Board of Directors Meeting 

The Board of Directors of the Conference took the following actions at its meeting: 

• Reviewed the 2008 Treasurer's Report and celebrated the increase of Our Church's 
Wider Mission) OCWM Basic Support in 2008 over 2007. 

• Approved a Preliminary 2009 Budget for the Southeast Conference that includes a 
deficit of $80,000 at this time. 

• Received a report on the campaign to support the future mission and ministry of 
the Conference. 

• Reviewed and approved the decision to discontinue the publication of Voices and 
Visions 

www.ucc.org • Approved the renewal the appointment of the Advisory Committees for TAP 

(Theology Among the People) and new Church Development, and the Ministry 
Task Force of the Conference. 

• Approved a "Friends of the Conference" Campaign to give people 
opportunities to make individual contributions to the ministries of the Conference, 
and to OCWM. The first step of the Campaign will be to recruit 100% 
participation from the Board members themselves. 

• Received an enthusiastic report from the TAP Advisory Committee about its work 
and expansion. The Committee reported the growth of the program, and the 
increasing number of classes that are being held on line. 

Circle your calendars for a work camp organized by the Southeast 
Conference Disaster Assistance Relief Team, November 29— December 5, 
2009. We need 40 people to goto Biloxi MS to assist Back Bay Mission with their 
continued work to rebuild lost homes from Hurricane Katrina. The cost to the 
volunteers will be $100 for lodging and food for the week. Start to recruit groups from 
you church! For details contact Connie Waidmann at cbwaidphtn@frontiernet.net 
or by calling (931) 277-5529. 

Posted on February 27, 2009 

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